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Christopher Murray

Present Position: Emeritus Professor of Drama and Theatre History, School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Former Employment: Assistant Lecturer in English, NUI Galway (1962-65); Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of New Haven, Connecticut, (1968-70); visiting professor University of Antwerp (UIA), 1990; visiting professor Waseda University, Tokyo (1993); visiting professor at University of Pecs, Hungary (1995).

Recent publications:


(Ed.) Beckett at 100: Centenary Essays . (Dublin: New Island Press, 2006)

(Ed.) Selected Plays of George Shiels (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 2008)

Articles and chapters in books: 

‘Sneaking in the Back Door.’ Review essay, Selected Plays of Austin Clarke , in Poetry Ireland Review , 87 (2006), ed. Peter Sirr, 72-76 

‘Unlocking Synge Today,’ in A Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama 1880-2005 , ed. Mary Luckhurst (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 110-24

‘Palimpsest: Two Languages as One in Translations ,’ in Brian Friel’s Dramatic Artistry: “The Work Has Value”, ’ ed. Donald E. Morse, Csilla Bertha, and Maria Kurdi (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2006), pp. 93-108

‘Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney and its Sources: A Postmodern Case History,’ in Brian Friel’s Dramatic Artistry [see preceding entry], pp. 229-49

‘The Cripple of Inishmaan Meets Lady Gregory,’ in The Theatre of Martin McDonagh: A World of Savage Stories , ed. Lilian Chambers and Eamonn Jordan (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2006), pp. 79-95

 ‘Beckett and the Representation of Age on Stage,’ Princeton University Library Chronicle , LXVIII, 1 and 2 (autumn 2006-winter 2007), 431-49 

‘Sean O’Casey’s The Cooing of Doves : A One-Act Play Rediscovered,’ introduced and edited, Princeton University Library Chronicle [see preceding entry], pp. 327-56 

‘Bernard Farrell’s Plays: Home and Away,’ Callboard: A Playgoer’s Guide (Laguna Playhouse, CA), 1.2 (spring 2007): 16-19 

 ‘ All That Fall and Beckett’s Global Village,’ in The Irish Reader: Essays for John Devitt,ed. Michael Hinds, Peter Denman and Margaret Kelleher (Dublin: Otior Press/Mater Dei Institute, 2007), pp. 111-19 

 ‘Taking a Position: Beckett, Mary Manning, and Eleutheria (1947)’, in Ireland on Stage: Beckett and After , ed. Hiroko Mikami, Minako Okamuro and Naoko Yagi (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2007), pp. 55-68 

 ‘“Echoes Down the Corridor”: The Abbey Theatre 1904-2004’, in Echoes Down the Corridor , ed. Patrick Lonergan and Riana O’Dwyer (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2007), pp. 13-27

‘Foreword’ to Desmond Slowey, The Radicalization of Irish Drama 1600-1900: The Rise and Fall of Ascendancy Theatre (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2008), pp. xi-xiii 

‘The Representation of Suicide in Modern Irish Drama: Part One, 1900-1950’,  in At Home in the World: Essays and Poems in Honour of Britta Olinder , ed.Chloé Avril and Ronald Paul (Gothenburg; Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 2008), pp. 173-87 

‘The Representation of Suicide in Modern Irish Drama: Part Two, 1960-2007’ in A New Ireland in Brazil: Festschrift in Honour of Munira Hamud Mutran , ed. Laura P.Z. Izarra and Beatriz Kopschitz X. Bastos (Sao Paulo, Brazil: Humanitas, 2008), pp. 177-98

 ‘The “fallen world” of The Power of Darkness’ , in The John McGahern Yearbook , 2 (2009), 78-90 

‘Sean O’Casey and the Dream of a New Republic’, in Political Ideology in Ireland: From the Enlightenment to the Present (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), pp. 145-58